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What should I do if a glass meat thermometer breaks off into a piece of meat?

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If a glass meat thermometer breaks in the meat product, it may be removed and the product eaten. According to the FDA, glass-liquid meat thermometers must contain nontoxic liquid. If the glass breaks, cut out a large area around the point where breakage occurred to remove all liquid that has a strong odor and taste and make sure all glass fragments are removed. PREPARED BY: Angela M. Fraser, Ph.D., Associate Professor/Food Safety Specialist, and Carolyn J. Lackey, Ph.D., R.D., L.D.N., Professor/Food and Nutrition Specialist, North Carolina State University (August 2004)

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